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Kennedy Space Center – On Launch Day

Plan on pulling on to SR 405 (from the west) or SR 3 (from the south) several hours before the scheduled launch time. Park your car in the Visitors Complex parking lots, purchase your tickets to enter the facility, and head for the buses that will shuttle you to the viewing area. Once there, remember you are on government property and in a wildlife refuge to boot, so there are a few simple rules. Cooking and fires are prohibited, as are alcoholic beverages. You are not allowed to fish, wade, swim, or feed the wildlife. If you have a pet, you'll have to leave it behind at KSC's free air-conditioned kennel.

I was lucky. The launch I observed went up on the dot. But you should be aware that, more often than not, the rocket doesn't go up on schedule. If there are delays for weather or technical glitches, you will be kept posted. If the launch is scrubbed (that is, canceled) you can still enjoy the Visitor Complex.

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